Crispy, crunchy, earthy, tender baby artichokes are taken to a whole new level when shallow fried and served with cool, creamy Meyer lemon mayo alongside.
I’ve always loved artichokes, any which way. Whether steamed and served with a bowl of lemon-butter for dipping, baked with crisp breadcrumbs and bacon, or Roman-style: whole artichokes fried without batter. These little nuggets, though, are truly special (and truly decadent).
When springtime rolls around, you can be sure that there are mounds of fresh baby artichokes lining the stalls of Bay Area farmers’ markets. There are plenty of ways to use them, but why not dust them with a little seasoned flour, shallow fry them, and then serve them on a platter to your best-loved friends and family with a bowl full of fresh Meyer lemon mayo alongside?
Don’t be put off by making your own mayonnaise either. It really couldn’t be simpler! Just throw all the ingredients except the oil into your food processor and whiz them together, then pour the oil through the feed tube plunger; it should have a tiny little hole in the bottom which is perfect for drizzling a slow, steady, tiny stream of oil into the mixture while the processor is running.
You can also easily make this gluten-free by swapping out the wheat flour for rice flour.
Recipe: Fried Baby Artichokes with Homemade Meyer Lemon Mayo
Makes 4 to 6 servings